Posted in music on March 17, 2014

suspect Rashad Owens
Rashad Owens

The tragedy that struck SXSW this past Wednesday (3/12) is getting sadder. The Austin American Statesman confirms that Sandy Le, one of the 22 people hospitalized, has passed away, making a total of three deaths.

Statesman also reports that five others remain at University Medical Center Brackenridge, two of which were in good condition as of Sunday, and one remains in fair condition at St. David's Medical Center.

The suspect, Rashad Owens, is still in jail with bail set at $3 million for capital murder and aggravated assault with a vehicle. He was in Austin this week to perform as a rapper under the name KillingAllBeats or K.A.B254. That's his Bell County mugshot above.

A 'SXSW Cares' fund is also open.

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Comments (39)

Oh Rashad, Rashad, you can kiss your rap career goodbye.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 1:35 PM

so awful. maybe this tragedy will finally convince the organizers that the festival is too big to be safe and that they need to scale back the number of corporate events.

even replacing the flimsy metal "barriers" on the closed streets would be a step in the right direction.

clearly it wasn't safety first but profits first at south by this year.

Posted by half baked | March 17, 2014 1:36 PM

1:36 - dude, this was a drunk driver with no care about driving through barriers or whatever was in his way. I don't think your "corporate" argument will fly here.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 1:40 PM

1:36- This was a drunk sociopath who didn't give a shit about anyone he affected. This could not have been prevented.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 1:47 PM

"Oh Rashad, Rashad, you can kiss your rap career goodbye."

Goodbye? I thought hip-hop valued prison time.

Driving drunk is actually his saving grace. They will not get him on capital murder.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 1:59 PM

maybe by not having any rap shows at sxsw in the future?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:00 PM

"they need to scale back the number of corporate events"

At this point, it seems like there are more non-official SXSW events then there are official ones.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:01 PM

Would it be a pre sale for the execution tickets? I'd like to sit front row.

Posted by ME | March 17, 2014 2:01 PM

Rashad. Enough said

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:08 PM

black ppl loLZ

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:17 PM

Maybe a lawyer could comment... But a quick look at the penal code suggests that one has to do the act knowingly, recklessly OR with criminal neglect. Check. Easy to argue he was reckless simply by drinking that much and owning keys. Capital upgrades... In the commission of another felony? Probably. Killing 2+ people in the same criminal act? Yep.

Doubt this guy will ever be out of jail again.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:18 PM

also... having too much to drink and driving poorly is one thing. this guy had the faculty to actually attempt to evade the police, which shows severe recklessness and disregard for human health... intent. last time I checked, "i was drunk/on drugs" is not an excuse for committed a mass killing with a firearm, I doubt it will fly here.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:23 PM

Killing All Pedestrians

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:25 PM

This isn't really a "drunk driving" issue.

The guy was trying to flee police and drove into a crowd of people. That's why he's being charged with capital murder instead of intoxicated manslaughter.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:27 PM

2:18 - you're pretty much right on.

Capital Murder = (unintended consequence Murder) while committing another felony. Example: I rob you at gun point but don't physically touch you. You have a heart attack from fright and die on the spot. I'm fucked. This guy is fucked. In Texas, fucked = dead.

Posted by lawyer. | March 17, 2014 2:33 PM

So remember when you were driving, driving in your car
Speed so fast because you were drunk
Police lights flashing behind us
And your buzz felt nice right before the ...
I had a feeling that you should stop
I had a feeling you done messed up, messed up

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:34 PM

who you kiddin'1:35?? this thug loser's "rap career" is about to take off! violence is street cred!!

how much you wanna bet this scum's name and face will appear on bv (and other sites) in about 5-6 yrs??

that's they way rap rolls.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:35 PM

Ask Rashad the five questions.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:42 PM

I mis-typed - Felony Murder - not Capital Murder. Same thing - he's fucked.

Posted by lawyer | March 17, 2014 2:45 PM

Too bad they can't charge him with bringing six bastard hood rats into the world that he will have nothing to do with raising. I'm sure they'll be positive contributors to society. Thanks Rashad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:47 PM

Did BV ask him his five questions?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 3:00 PM

2:34 wins

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 3:04 PM

2:34... Are those lyrics?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 3:08 PM

2:42 i lol'd

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 3:19 PM

Huh

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 3:27 PM

F R E E R A S H A D

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 3:43 PM

The new Mumia.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 3:57 PM

what do the pussy riot folks have to say about all of this, particularly the hot one?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 4:33 PM

Seriously Brooklyn Vegan?! Get rid of the racist troll's comments.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 4:43 PM

i hope they hang him and the noose snaps on the first try

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 5:34 PM

R A C I S M

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 7:30 PM

i think SXSW is responsible for a share of the blame, as is the Austin Police Dept.

unlimited free drinks from alcohol sponsors abound, booking huge artists into small venues and therefore creating massive lines outside the Mohawk, as a sign of "exclusivity" and coolness of the particular sponsoring brand, thereby overcrowding the streets and creating an unsafe environment to begin with, and then you have the Austin Police Department setting up a sobriety checkpoint right next to throngs of people, the cop in pursuit of Owens is so dead-set on catching this potentially drunk driver that he chases him down a street overcrowded with throngs of pedestrians, who should share the blame here? and the fact that SXSW continued its schedule only mere hours and yards away from the mass homicide shows where its true priorities lie -- the almighty $$$ -- fuck it all

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 7:37 PM

@ 7:37

Yeah, great, blame everyone one except the animal that is responsible for killing 3 people and injuring many others.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 7:40 PM

da 3rd victim was hawt! burn in hell Rashad ya cwazee dreaded rappin kid

Posted by gimme | March 17, 2014 8:55 PM

this dude was barely drunk, 1.18. that cop never should have chased him on 9th. Austin police also need concrete barriers at all sx intersections in the future.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 9:59 PM

drivers need to, um I dunno, NOT FUCKING HIT PEDESTRIANS AT ALL TIMES

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 10:22 PM

@7:40, you are right in saying 7:37 should also include the mutt who did this but everything else they said was spot on

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 10:29 PM

Wait a second. He's not just black! He's also MALE. He's also AMERICAN. He's also 21 YEARS OLD.

I like that in todays world, a lot of killers are young and male, and the percentage is astounding. So do you really need to bring in a third factor (in this case its race)? Why don't we find out what the fuck is wrong with Men? Since we're in America, lets talk about American Men. Women have the same capacity to kill, but overwhelmingly its MEN. Why do we even need the racial factor?! Do men have a primal innate need to kill? Is it our way of balancing the population?

I've seen a lot of DUI cases, where the killers were white. Are we equally condemning both? Aren't they all self-centered animals?

Posted by Matt Okeyo | March 18, 2014 2:39 AM

Umm. Its poor people. Poor people with no common sense.

But white men are the craziest killers.

I don't see a lot of blacks doing stuff like this:

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/06/24/man-arrested-for-swinging-ax-at-people-in-park/

America is a culture of violence.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 6:03 PM

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